pile-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: place or lay as if in a pile

Commentary: Includes: PILE UP
NOTE: Location is OBLIGATORY in this sense and may be coded with a preposition (up, on etc.) or a resultant state that implies a location or level (see final example). Must be shaped like a vertical pile - cannot simply be a gathering of items (see Sense 3). Compare to Sense 3: in Sense 1 thing gathered must be [+concrete].

I piled the items into my basket as if arranging them for a photo shoot.
While he piled the stuff on to the scale, Francie blinked.
We piled the brushwood to the tree-tops.
Masten had piled the bones on the floor of his granary.
The porter piled up the luggage and boxes.
I piled the papers high on my desk.

VerbNet: spray-9.7-1-1
FrameNet: Placing
PropBank: pile.01,pile.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
pile_up 2

Sense Number 2: move as a mass into/through a small space

Commentary: Includes: PILE IN, PILE OFF

Today we all piled in the car to go see 'Sorority Boys.'
Luckily, the smoke detector in our room stopped beeping before we
piled in for the night.
They piled in one after another bringing their gear.
They piled off the train singing the battle hymn.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Filling
PropBank: pile.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: collect or gather

Commentary: Includes: PILE UP, PILE ON Thing gathered may be concrete or abstract.

Deadly nuke rods are piling up in the state burial site project in
Bills are piling up as debt mounts.
NAFTA-related job losses have piled up since 1993.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: pile.04
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
pile_up 1, 3